December 8, 2009
The Indiana Repertory Theatre's annual show, "A Christmas Carol," is back for its 14th year. The show is 90 minutes, with no intermission, perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy. The IRT once again captures the true macabre atmosphere of the Victorian era story, but it also manages to sprinkle humor and carols throughout the show.
The production is beautifully choreographed. The entire cast felt perfectly in synch as they moved from spot to spot on the stage picking up props as they went and adjusting each scene by opening and closing trap doors in the floor. The narration of the show is also done by the cast as a whole, they trade lines in a seamless flow. The costumes are exceptional in this show. Everyone from the shady laundress to the British officers are decked out in the perfect attire for their character.
Charles Goad is back as the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge. As he relives his memories, both the joyful and the painful, he shows a sweet intimacy. Goad gives the audience a glimpse of the gentle spirit Scrooge once was and the gregarious man he will become.
Matthew Brumlow, who recently performed in the title role of "Hamlet" at IRT, was an excellent addition to the Christmas Carol cast this year. He plays both young Scrooge and Scrooge's nephew Fred with a touching sincerity. He wonderfully demonstrates Ebenezer's transformation into a miserly soul. Ben Tebbe, a frequent performer around Indianapolis, takes over the role of Bob Cratchit this year. His bursting enthusiasm is fitting in the role of the eternal, though much maligned, optimist.
The entire cast, from the spritely Ghost of Christmas Past to the coquettish niece's sisters, make the show a delight to watch. A wonderful Christmas tradition for Hoosiers to enjoy again or to start anew.
Don't Miss the Show
The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "A Christmas Carol" runs until Sunday, Dec. 27 on IRT's Main Stage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com
Another option for families this Christmas is the "Yuletide Celebration." The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra once again presents this holiday classic, which includes traditional carols such as “The First Noel,” and “Joy to the World” blended with other favorites including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Jingle Bells. The show also includes a e-enactment of “’Twas the Night before Christmas” and the ever-popular “Tap Dancing Santas.” This year’s production is hosted by legendary pop music icon and Grammy and Oscar Award winner Maureen McGovern.
In addition to the energetic show filled with all the familiar holiday songs, the Hilbert Circle Theatre will have live reindeer outside the front door of the theater (on Monument Circle) for families to pet. Inside, photographers will take family photos in front of the Christmas tree in the lobby and costumed characters will greet children.
Don't Miss the Show
Tickets for this year’s production range from $38 to $64 for adults and $23 to $48 for children ages 4-12. “Super Saver” prices for select performances range from $32 to $48 for adults and $17 to $33 for children. For more information, call the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457 or visit the ISO’s website at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org
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